Wybron, the company that invented the Color Scroller back in 1980, is closing its doors for the last time at the end of June 2013, according to a company email sent to its dealer network last night. From the email, sent to JOL from a source not authorized to comment – bolding is mine:
After a long and pleasant relationship with you, Wybron is ceasing business at the end of June. A press release will go out on Friday to the public announcing the same.
The text of the press release follows:
Wybron Closes Doors After 35 Years of Innovation in Stage Lighting Industry
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — June 6, 2013 — Wybron, a leading stage lighting supplier announced today that the company will close its doors on June 30, 2013.
The company is best known for transforming entertainment, church and architectural industries with its innovation of cutting-edge lighting products.
“For years, the stage lighting industry has been led by companies with three-letter names,” said President and CEO Keny Whitright. “PRG, ETC, ELS, TMB, and BMI are just a few of these. For 35 years Wybron struggled through with the burden of a six-letter name,” Whitright said laughing, “We finally realized we have too many letters in the company name. It was time to close the doors.
Whitright said that closing the Wybron manufacturing plant is bittersweet. “I will miss the business that I know and love. But, I am looking forward to scaling back and becoming an FTD man. Fishing, Traveling and Driving my cars will fill most of my days,” said Whitright. “Notice that I am planning to carry the three letter theme into my retirement.”
Wybron will host an online garage sale starting June 14, 2013, in order to liquidate its remaining new and used products and spare parts. It will offer amazing deals and extraordinary closeout pricing. Visit the Wybron website at www.wybron.com beginning June 14 to learn more about the garage sale offers.
Any pending orders are being filled, but if you have registered a job past June, we will be unable to supply that gear.
Service on existing equipment is uncertain at this time. We are looking for a company to do service, but don’t have anything in place now.
President, Wybron, Inc.
Keny, I’m sorry to see Wybron close. Some of my most enjoyable work was designed the right way because of your product. From a grateful industry, JimOnLight.com says thank you for all you’ve contributed to the Industry. I hope that you fill out your days with the happiness that you deserve, and that your roads are always clear and sunny.
That is sad news. Keny and Wybron have been important innovators and suppliers in our industry. Here at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival we rely on Wybron equipment because it lends so much flexibility to our repertory light plots. I’ll miss the equipment, but mostly I’ll miss our great relationship with Wybron.
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